January 2022

Top Ad Agencies in Chicago

While advertising strategies change continuously, a good ad agency stays on top of trends and brings new ideas for promoting your business. The main change in advertising over the years is personalization. We spend more (if not most) of our time online, and the webpages we visit, our searches, and our purchases are often tracked. Businesses use this data to create and serve hyper-personalized advertisements to audience. Whether you want to serve personalized ads on social media, launch a search advertising campaign on AdWords, or create out of home ads for billboards near you, an ad agency helps you achieve your goals. Some benefits of working with an advertising agency include advertising channel expertise, cost and resources, and brand development.

Luckily, Chicago has some of the best ad agency to hire. Use our list to find and connect with ad agency in The Windy City. Evaluate their case studies, project types, and client reviews to determine which company is the best fit for you.

List of the Best Advertising Agencies in The Windy City

  • 1
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Geneva, IL

    Branding partners have become essential for brands in every industry, and Illinois-based Rule29 has become one of the most trusted sources for brand development and identity design for brands that include Fellowes and many others.

    Whether expanding on an existing strategy or serving brands that are starting from zero, Rule29 delivers real results. It’s what’s made them a go-to name in branding and continue to expand their client list to include companies like Cargill.

    SERVICES
    • 60% Branding
    • 20% Web Design
    • 10% Advertising
    • 10% Other
    Elea Chair by Fellowes Brand...

    Elea Chair by Fellowes Brand...

    Rule29 has partnered with Fellowes Brands over the years on a variety of projects. We were honored to establish and launch a brand that redefined the ergonomic furniture industry: Elea by Fellowes Studio. Elea is a...
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    Blackberry Market Website Design...

    Blackberry Market Website Design...

    The beautiful thing about influencing a brand from the ground up is that we have the opportunity to help craft the brand experience. Blackberry Market has given us this opportunity to not only create the basic elements...
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    Project with Microsoft

    Project with Microsoft

    McDonald's Brand Extension

    McDonald's Brand Extension

    Collaboration is a pillar of Rule29’s approach, and our work with McDonald's creative team is a perfect example. We help with or lead the development of a variety of projects for McDonald’s B2B and B2C communications...
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  • 2
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    50 - 249
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    This established branding and PR company counts major brands like Adobe among their clients. Based in Chicago, Motion Agency brings a bright and impactful approach to each unique enterprise project they take on.

    The Home Depot has home improvement retail locations for customers around the world. They turned to Motion Agency for a focused strategy that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Motion Agency delivered with highly modern and striking approach focused on making an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Public Relations
    • 10% Advertising
    • 50% Other
    The Art of Gift Card Giving for...

    The Art of Gift Card Giving for...

    The Home Depot, a long-standing client, reached out to Motion for solutions to refresh their holiday gift card campaign with the hope of driving greater engagement with their cards. Motion developed a social promotion...
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    Extending A Brand to New Heights...

    Extending A Brand to New Heights...

    Wanting to stay ahead of pet food trends for natural and flavorful ingredients, Tractor Supply Co. tasked The Motion Agency with helping to further develop a brand extension to its premium 4Health line of private label...
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    Putting “Awkward” to Bed for...

    Putting “Awkward” to Bed for...

    Mattress shopping can not only be daunting, but also very awkward. Serta asked Motion for ideas to improve the awkward 1-on-1 salesman dynamic, with the goal of transforming the shopping process to empower the customer...
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    Project with home depot

    Project with home depot

  • 3
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Strike 2 clients include Brightfield Group, and they specialize in providing a design-centric approach to branding for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Strike 2 was founded on forward-thinking principles in Chicago.

    When Bartesian needed a complete overhaul of their brand approach, they turned to Strike 2. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their approach more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 34% Advertising
    • 33% Branding
    • 33% Marketing Strategy
    America's Best Beverage Social...

    America's Best Beverage Social...

    America’s Best Beverage Company had a storied history of providing white label coffee and tea for some of the country’s best known brands. But now it was time to create a few of their own. ​ We helped them position...
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    Website and Branding for Ronin...

    Website and Branding for Ronin...

    An up-and-coming firm in the Private Equity space, Ronin came to us just weeks away from closing a deal that would land them in publications across the industry. Anticipating an influx of digital traffic, their website...
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    G2 Launch

    G2 Launch

    Gatorade needed something to counter the huge success of new competitor, Vitaminwater, and they were counting on the launch of G2 to do it. This campaign resulted in the year's most successful new product launch...
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    Sprint Social Campaign

    Sprint Social Campaign

    Created a social campaign for Sprint, helping them highlight their service in a stylish and humor-centric way that appealed to consumers. https://www.strike-2.com/kevinlove
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  • 4
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    A Willing Participant has provided advertising solutions for huge names like Accelerate Institute as well as dozens of enterprise clients around the world. This Chicago-based agency was founded on a will to be great and has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Deloro Wear Solutions needed a powerful way to supercharge their strategy, they turned to A Willing Participant. A Willing Participant completely revamped their approach to highlight some of their most appealing elements and drive higher engagement and sales.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Advertising
    • 20% Direct Marketing
    • 15% Branding
    • 40% Other
    Annual Report

    Annual Report

    This award-winning design came about because of the great photography that was available for use—these are actual “day in the life” candid photos from the school that is affiliated with Accelerate Institute. 
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    Informational/pre-meeting Brochure

    Informational/pre-meeting Brochure

    Breaking through the clutter is no easy task when it comes to getting the attention of meeting planners. So the team at AWP decided to keep things aspirational and to the point—essentially, even the sky is no limit when...
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    Consumer Acquisition Campaign

    Consumer Acquisition Campaign

    Credit cards are a part of every day life to the point where they’re easy to take for granted. AWP needed to develop a card campaign that fit the Nissan brand perfectly and showcased the advantages of having a Nissan...
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    Corporate Profile Video

    Corporate Profile Video

    Shot in just over 2 days, we had to tell the story of the Filtration Group and how they're making the world a healthier, cleaner and safer place.
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  • 5
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Lombard, IL

    This established branding company counts major brands like Lammi Sports and K. Hovnanian among their clients. Based in Illinois, Stevens & Tate brings a bright and impactful approach to each branding project they take on.

    Walgreens is one of the largest convenience store and pharmacy chains the world. They turned to Stevens & Tate for a focused packaging campaign that would highlight their unique brand voice and audience. Stevens & Tate delivered with highly modern and striking packaging designed to make an impact.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Branding
    • 14% Web Design
    • 13% Content Marketing
    • 58% Other
    Cinch

    Cinch

    As a leader in residential home warranties across the U.S., HMS had become a household name. So when the company decided to change to CINCH Home Services to better reflect its more diverse capabilities, it knew it had...
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    K. Hovanian® Developments of...

    K. Hovanian® Developments of...

    The Chicagoland division of K. Hovnanian® Homes® was looking for a new way to educate and spark interest with today’s homebuyers. The goal was to clearly showcase the benefits of choosing a new home over a used home...
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    The University of Chicago...

    The University of Chicago...

    Being diagnosed with diabetes can be overwhelming for someone. The mission of the University of Chicago Medicine Kovler Diabetes Center is to help alleviate fear and confusion through education, clinical care, community...
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    St. Catherine's Village: Senior...

    St. Catherine's Village: Senior...

    St. Catherine’s Village, Mississippi’s premier Continuing Care Retirement Community (CCRC), was struggling with an image problem. First, it was perceived as being too expensive and exclusive. Second, potential...
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  • 6
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    What do Goji and Nav have in common? They’ve both turned to CSTMR Fintech Marketing & Design for content marketing expertise. This Austin-based agency has already made major waves with work for enterprise clients and startups alike.

    When Bank of Marin launched a platform targeting their unique users, CSTMR Fintech Marketing & Design analyzed the entirety of their approach to create key features and design a strategy that would bring together all elements of the client’s brand. The result was a huge success, and continues to drive progress for the brand today.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Advertising
    • 25% Search Engine Optimization
    • 20% Pay Per Click
    • 30% Other
    Connect2Capital lending...

    Connect2Capital lending...

    Connect2Capital a small business lending marketplace engaged CSTMR for a full brand refresh that included designing and developing a new website, visual identity, and ongoing digital marketing services.
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    How Credit Karma boosted...

    How Credit Karma boosted...

    Credit Karma’s editorial team needed to develop a conversion rate optimization strategy to drive sign-ups. After vetting several marketing firms, they partnered with CSTMR. As a well-established brand with extensive...
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    A new website and digital strategy

    A new website and digital strategy

    Helping banks launch and manage SBA loan programs, this SBA lender service provider needed our help to redesign and rebuild their existing website and breathe new life into their brand.
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    New SEO and acquisition strategy

    New SEO and acquisition strategy

    A new acquisition & SEO-based marketing strategy was created to reach Blueleaf’s target audience. We audited existing processes, build the new strategy, and provided full implementation and support.
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  • 7
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Naperville, IL

    Simplicity Marketing counts Youtech as their dependable advertising experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With years of experience in their industry, this Chicago-based agency is certainly here to make an impact.

    Zano Salons is a globally recognized leader in the beauty sector, and Youtech has provided focused and wide-reaching services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes UX design, UI, overall brand presence and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Pay Per Click
    • 25% Custom Software Development
    • 15% Web Design
    • 30% Other
    UrbanMatter

    UrbanMatter

    UrbanMatter is a nightlife and entertainment platform dedicated to helping Chicagoans keep tabs on what really matters in their city. With a monthly digital readership totaling over 150k – and a new mobile app boasting...
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    Ace Home Services

    Ace Home Services

    ACE Home Services goal was very direct: Drive Leads. Increase Sales. ACE came to Youtech in hopes of gaining more calls and qualified leads, which in return, would result in more sales. In a competitive operation such as...
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    Abacus Early Learning Centers

    Abacus Early Learning Centers

    Abacus Early Learning Centers are Level 4, NEPCA-accredited childcare and educational centers in central and northeast Indiana. Abacus children are provided structured learning centers, small and large-group activities...
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    Accubow

    Accubow

    ABOUT THIS PROJECT Accubow is the world’s first augmented reality archery training mobile app. The Accubow system is comprised of a specialized bow with a single-resistance band that can be increased or decreased from...
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  • 8
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Bandwidth Marketing Group clients include Guaranteed Rate and Grubhub, and they specialize in providing design-centric branding expertise for their clients. With a focus on emphasizing the most vital elements of brand messaging, Bandwidth Marketing Group was founded on forward-thinking principles in Chicago in 2005.

    When Ticketsnow needed a complete overhaul of their brand messaging, voice and overall visual design, they turned to Bandwidth Marketing Group. The agency provided them with an end-to-end analysis of how they could make their branding more targeted, impactful and successful.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Branding
    • 20% Advertising
    • 15% Web Design
    • 40% Other
    Gore

    Gore

    BRAND CAMPAIGN INCLUDING TRADE SHOW DISPLAY, TRADE PRINT, DIRECT MAIL Built on awareness and innovation of GORE-TEX parent company to brand a new division in PharmBio manufacturing filters, membranes, and other plastic...
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    Ticketsnow

    Ticketsnow

    INTEREST BUILDING EVENT TO INCREASE BRAND AWARENESS AND BUILD CUSTOMER DATABASE We gained buzz and brand presence in a key market, by promotionally leveraging the US Open ticketing relationship.  By reaping the benfits...
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    ServSafe

    ServSafe

    BRAND CAMPAIGN INCLUDING TRADE PRINT & SLICKS, DIRECT MAIL, COLLATERAL Built a new look for the oldest restaurant server training programs in U.S. that helped to gain presence and generate pride, externally and...
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    GrubHub #GrubLove

    GrubHub #GrubLove

    TRADE & CONSUMER CAMPAIGN INCLUDING IN-STORE & ONLINE PROMOTION Delivered super-simple social media/in-store promotion to grow GrubHub business efforts by developing a restaurant network partner program. #grublove...
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  • 9
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    With a passion for both strategy and design, C2 Creative has provided mobile app development work for clients around the globe. Based in Chicago, C2 Creative brings a long history of success to each project they complete.

    When their client was just a new brand looking to make an impact, C2 Creative crafted major elements of their user engagement strategy in an emerging market. The result was a splashy entrance into the market orchestrated by C2 Creative designers and strategists.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Branding
    • 30% Marketing Strategy
    • 30% Web Design
    • 10% Other
    TOPBLOC / Brand Campaign

    TOPBLOC / Brand Campaign

    Like many startups experiencing exponential growth, a brand strategy, narrative, and image can take a back seat to the immediate needs of a go, go, go business. As larger opportunities came into the sales funnel, and the...
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    POGUE / Brand Campaign

    POGUE / Brand Campaign

    We worked with Pogue to clarify their vision, define their brand archetype, and crystallize their positioning. Once the strategy was set, we developed a creative platform that supported the new direction to employees and...
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    CHOWLY / Brand Campaign

    CHOWLY / Brand Campaign

    As Chowly’s profile elevated they leadership team need to rethink their brand image. C2 Creative partnered with Chowly to strategically position their brand, develop a creative platform and ultimately revamp their website.
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    FOCUSPRESS / Brandy Identity

    FOCUSPRESS / Brandy Identity

    C2 Creative applied strategy and design to develop the core identity, sales tools, and lead generation advertising for the FocusPress launch.
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  • 10
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $1,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Many enterprise clients count Encite as their dependable branding experts, so it’s no wonder the company has achieved such widespread success. With years of experience in their industry, this Denver-based agency is certainly here to make an impact.

    One Encite client is a globally recognized leader in their sector, and Encite has provided focused and wide-reaching services for the company for the entirety of their working relationship. This includes UX design, UI, overall brand presence and visuals, and more.

    SERVICES
    • 15% Advertising
    • 15% Branding
    • 15% Content Marketing
    • 55% Other
    Regis University: Logo Development

    Regis University: Logo Development

    The objective was to set up a mix of marketing material including a new logo, social media, direct mail, email, promotional posters and more, ultimately working with Regis to merge several existing alumni events into one...
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    Sonsio: Brand Development and M&A...

    Sonsio: Brand Development and M&A...

    Sonsio offers a comprehensive lineup of Vehicle Protection plans, industry-leading programs that cover Tire, Road Hazard Protection, Parts & Labor Warranties, Mechanical Advisory, Appearance, and other critical...
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    Help On Demand: Marketing Funnel

    Help On Demand: Marketing Funnel

    The objectives of our work with HOD included setting up logical, successful process to collect, develop, nurture and close new business, as well as created content marketing, social media messaging, an integrated campaign...
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    Medically Correct: Package Design

    Medically Correct: Package Design

    Today, Adam's sitting down with our Creative Director, Jeff Petersen, to discuss the packaging we developed for Medically Correct’s new line of tinctures, tablets and gummies, Quiq.
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  • 11
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $25,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    10 - 49
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    When companies like Microsoft need an effective path to better brand iconography, they enlist the services of Mabbly. This Chicago-based brand design agency has provided their services for brands throughout the world, and has established itself as an agency that delivers consistent results.

    ShopRunner is a company that’s tapped into a large audience already but was looking to expand their reach. They turned to Mabbly for the opportunity to improve their brand platform, and Mabbly delivered a robust branding strategy that led to increased business and brand awareness.

    SERVICES
    • 30% Web Design
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 15% Branding
    • 30% Other
    AArete

    AArete

    Mabbly was enlisted by AArete to help them create a brand platform as well as their website and online marketing materials. Mabbly created a cohesive set of collaterals that are used across a range of successful marketing...
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    Zeno Group

    Zeno Group

    Zeno Group is a global communications agency, but there was one area where they were having trouble communicating—their own brand identitiy Zeno Group helped them pinpoint and showcase their most important and appealing...
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    SPR

    SPR

    Mabbly provided brand identity, website design, and digital strategy for SPR, a technology consulting company. Mabbly helped this established company find new and contemporary ways to show themselves as a leader in the...
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    SafeRate

    SafeRate

    https://www.mabbly.com/case/safe-rate/
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  • 12
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    97 Switch apply their web design and digital marketing skills to develop a digital presence that fits the personality and purpose of their clients. They mainly work with small and mid-sized companies in the hospitality and leisure, financial services, and real estate industries.

    They built a launch branding strategy and digital presence for Hotel EMC2, Autograph Collection. The engagement turned into a long-lasting relationship with 97 Switch providing ongoing digital advertising support, content development, SEO, website maintenance, and social media services to the hotel.

    SERVICES
    • 25% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Advertising
    • 20% Web Design
    • 35% Other
    Downtown Chicago Hotel Rebrands...

    Downtown Chicago Hotel Rebrands...

    theWit, a 4-star hotel in downtown Chicago, an homage to creativity and expression needed more than ever to share their multi-sensory hotel experience online. https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/thewit-website/ theWit...
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    Digital Ads and Strategy for B2B...

    Digital Ads and Strategy for B2B...

    PPC digital ads including Google Ads, Facebook and LinkedIn. Digital marketing strategy, email marketing and landing page design using HubSpot for Mobile Doorman, a B2B Proptech Company. See Work: https://97switch...
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    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Website and Digital Marketing for...

    Digital Strategy and Website for SMASHotels, hotel management company See Work: https://97switch.com/portfolio-item/smashotels/
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    Virtual reality business digital...

    Virtual reality business digital...

    MassVR, a new free-roam virtual reality gaming experience, allows groups to play and compete in a virtual reality world. The game uses groundbreaking technology, allowing people to walk around in a 16,000 square foot...
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  • 13
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Hustlemore is a result-driven marketing agency that helps their clients identify their core problems, connect with consumers, and deliver strategies. Their service line includes branding, marketing, and digital strategy for small and mid-market businesses.

     

    Small urgent care provider Innovative Express Care hired Hustlemore when they needed help breaking into the space in a way that could get big results with little spend. They designed the creative to change the perception of patient visits from a transaction to a relationship and saw an over 400% increase in revenue over the first year of the campaign.

     

    SERVICES
    • 20% Branding
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 15% Digital Strategy
    • 45% Other
    Innovative Express Care Outdoor...

    Innovative Express Care Outdoor...

    The Challenge Innovative Express Care was a smaller player in the urgent care space in Chicago. As a newer player, they needed a way to break into a crowded and competitive Urgent Care space in a meaningful (and...
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    INNOVATIVE EXPRESS CARE

    INNOVATIVE EXPRESS CARE

    We developed a digital and above-the-line campaign which included traditional channels such as print, mailers, OOH, and broadcast, as well as digital channels to reach different audience segments.
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  • 14
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $5,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Valparaiso, IN

    Barbauld Agency strives to help out local businesses in Illinois reach out to their target market as effectively as they can with the help of their services. The agency offers marketing strategy, digital strategy, and graphic design services to small and mid-sized businesses alike.

     

    As an example of their work, Barbauld Agency worked with Tour of Terror, a haunted house entertainment group. Barbauld Agency used cheap and efficient marketing strategies to reach out to a relatively remote location, and ticket sales went up by 76.8% with the help of the campaign.

    SERVICES
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 15% Advertising
    • 45% Other
    Welcome To Digital Advertising....

    Welcome To Digital Advertising....

    The Challenge Creating brand awareness for a company that had never done digital advertising. The Solution A dynamic new website and high quality, consistent advertising across all platforms. The Result A 15% increase in...
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    Driving Results. How We Got...

    Driving Results. How We Got...

    The Challenge Boost driver recruiting in an industry facing a historic shortage of eligible drivers. The Solution A multi-faceted digital campaign focused on awareness and retargeting. The Result A 29% increase in hiring...
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    Scary Good Results. A Marketing...

    Scary Good Results. A Marketing...

    The Challenge   Increase sales on a limited budget for a remote location. The Solution   Use low cost marketing vehicles to build awareness. The Result   A 76.8% increase in ticket sales.   2018 Summit Marketing...
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  • 15
    MIN. PROJECT SIZE:
    $10,000+
    EMPLOYEE SIZE:
    2 - 9
    LOCATION:
    Chicago, IL

    Sparkfactor has made a name for themselves by creating plans for their clients that optimize their marketing programs. Their service line includes digital and marketing strategy as well as creative services like video production and web development.

     

    A recent example of their work was helping a neighborhood in Chicago Devon Park promote their diverse area and local population. They created a campaign that highlighted their identity as a cultural melting pot rallying around the tagline “Down the street and around the world.”

    SERVICES
    • 20% Digital Strategy
    • 20% Marketing Strategy
    • 20% Web Development
    • 40% Other
    On Devon Neighborhood Branding...

    On Devon Neighborhood Branding...

    Devon Avenue, located in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, was looking to promote the diverse area and its local businesses. We started by interviewing business owners and collecting data via a survey to get to...
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    First Financial Credit Union...

    First Financial Credit Union...

    We partnered with First Financial Credit Union to update their brand by revising their logo and creating a brand guidelines document. We then redesigned their website. They were looking to drive new membership. We...
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    Bio-Tissue Digital Marketing,...

    Bio-Tissue Digital Marketing,...

    Sparkfactor and Bio-Tissue work together to manage their monthly digital marketing and yearly special projects. We would post approximately 3 blog articles per month with corresponding landing pages for lead generation...
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    Project with Cancer Support...

    Project with Cancer Support...

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